Every year, just before Winter rolls on in, my skin changes. Not for the better either.
I'm sure a lot of you can understand where I'm coming from when I type the words; dry, patchy, flaky, itchy, red, inflamed, irritated, extra sensitive and dehydrated.
To be honest, I can't blame Winter alone for all of these skin frustrations, it's usually on the dryer and sensitive side, it just takes on a whole new level of itchy and scratchy!
So, this year as Summer faded and the cold crept it's way in, I decided I'd give my skin a break from its regular care routine and simplify. I'm talking using 3-4 things morning and night to help calm, aid and protect. One of them being the Tailor Dry cleanse.
I use this 3-4 times per week to very gently buff away any dry or flaky skin and clean areas that may be congested, like the T-zone and chin. I say very gently as this is exactly what skin like mine needs. An exfoliant that's too rough or coarse can actually have the reverse effect and cause more damage to the irritable skin.
I love the texture, it's a fine powder consistency with a base of New Zealand Bentonite clay, fine orange peel, and organic brown rice flour. These work together in creating that gentle polishing action.
I also love that it's 100% natural with less than 8 ingredients, which you can check out here.
Alongside the Dry Cleanse, I then go in with a 70/30 mix of apple cider vinegar and water (yes, this does work). This helps tone, heal and provide antibacterial properties.
Next, I use half a teaspoon of coconut oil with 1-2 drops of pure tea tree oil mixed together, then all over my face, eyebrows, lashes and all. The tea tree again helps protect from any nasties and the coconut oil - we all know how beneficial this baby is, check out some of the other uses here.
With that new regime, my dry, red, itchy-ness has gone from a 10 to 5 and looking better each week. Of course, it's not just about what you put onto your body, but the things you put into your body. Water, water, and water, plus supplements, nutrients and foods that suit and benefit you.
Do tell, what are your go to Winter Skin-savers? Leave a comment below if there's something you swear by!